Backbeat: L.A's Hot As Sun, Go-Go Dancers and 'CSI Miami' @ Artist Peter Tunney's NYC Happening
Backbeat: L.A's Hot As Sun, Go-Go Dancers and 'CSI Miami' @ Artist Peter Tunney's NYC Happening

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Scorching: Hot As Sun's Deborah Stoll (left) and Jamie Jackson (Keyboards) with drummer Doug Port and guitarist Waz. (Photo: Nellie Phillips)

"THIS IS THE BIG ONE, be prepared for a life enhancing, uplifting evening of rare proportions…" read the intriguing invite to artist Peter Tunney's party said to be honoring his 1000th Friday in NYC, ten years since his last massive party and/or something about an illustrated dictionary.

Upon entering one of two former industrial loft buildings on TriBeCa's Franklin St, complete with free food trucks parked outside and a zombie dungeon inside, one was met by the lusty electronic rock sounds of Los Angeles' Hot As Sun. The band is multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer Jamie Jackson and lyricist, singer, and visual artist Deborah Stoll here joined by guitarist Waz and drummer Doug Port. They are managed by Rob Stevenson, who was recently named VP of A&R at Universal Republic and who was accompanied by Paul Resta and Sean Stevenson from 0.2.60 management (formerly FTW).

The band's woozy electonic sound crosses Beach House, Zola Jesus and Little Dragon with a performance ethos that may owe something to the Dadaists, the Velvet Underground at the Exploding Plastic Inevitable and Allan Kaprow. On this night there are tricked-out projections, comely go-go dancers, and copious amounts of glitter the gyrators toss on the audience before the band takes the stage.

"We've had the dancers hand out fortune cookies, dress in duck tails and fox hats and do aerobics," says Stoll. "We're very serious about what we do but we like to surprise people and keep them loose." For their last gig, Hot As Sun threw a pool party complete with synchronized swimmers The Aqualillies accompanying their show.

But on the serious side, the band just had their song 'New Town' played on the season premiere of "CSI Miami" this past Sunday (Sept. 25). And this month, they are releasing a cover of Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" as a free single for download on their website (www.hotassun.com) and will press up 100 hot pink vinyl - the b-side is a remix of their song 'Come, Come' by the Kick Drums featuring rapper Freddie Gibbs.

The multi-hued strata of NYC nightlife at tonight's party included Jim Wright, a photographer who helped create the night's projections, Stephanie Jones, an interactive designer at Elle Magazine, guest go-go Doug Croy from The Agency Group, David Jacobs from Mark, Music & Media Law and William Littman the creator of the Littman 45 camera.

When asked for the band's creation story, Stoll says she and Jackson met a year ago and something about the integratron near Joshua Tree, a sound bath and bonding over "love of weird sounds, bacon, and pegasus" before deciding to form a band. Which, after seeing their show, makes all the sense in the world.

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The Big One: Artist and hell-of-a-party-thrower Peter Tunney in front of his artwork.
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Amplifiying Her Voice: Hot As Sun's Stoll on magaphone and Jackson testifying. (Photo: Nellie Phillips)
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Industry Pro: Rob Stevenson is Hot as Sun's Manager and was named VP of A&R at Universal Republic in August. (Photo: Nellie Phillips)
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Glitteratti: Stephanie Jones, an interactive designer at Elle Magazine. (Photo: Stefanie Jones)
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Jim Wright (left), a photographer who helped create the night's projections and William Littman the creator of the Littman 45 camera (Photo: Nellie Phillips)
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Some of Peter Tunney's impressive body of work. (Photo: Nellie Phillips)